Kerr Street Underpass Project

Improving how people move, through and within Oakville

The Town of Oakville, through its transportation master planning process, identified the need to rebuild and widen Kerr Street between Speers Road and Wyecroft Road, including the building of a new underpass at the Lakeshore West GO line. The town is partnering with Metrolinx to move forward with this project and complete it faster. Preliminary work on the project will start in 2019 with construction of the underpass starting as early as the spring of 2020. The work will take up to three years to complete. The current road alignment will remain in place during construction while we build the new road to the west.

This is a major engineering project and the town and Metrolinx will work hard to reduce the impact of construction on businesses, residents and local traffic as much as possible throughout project.

This project will improve traffic flow in the area, and allow Metrolinx to deliver increased GO service levels on the Lakeshore West line using electric trains. For details visit the Metrolinx website.

Streetscape Design — Preferred elements go to Council October 1

This portion of the project focused on the selection of street furnishings and other elements such as light poles, benches, pavers, and railings for Kerr Street, from the rail crossing, south to Speers Road. The town intends to incorporate the selected elements into a conceptual streetscape strategy for future reference and consideration for streetscape improvements within the Kerr Village Growth Area.

We heard you

After extensive public consultation, both in person and online, to find out your preferred streetscape elements, we have a suite of preferred streetscape elements to show you.

65 attended the June 26 open house
771 participated in the on-line survey between June 27 and August 31

Next steps

  • The preferred furnishings will be presented to Planning and Development Council on  October 1, 2018 for approval
  • The selected furnishings will be installed on Kerr Street – from the rail crossing, south to Speers Road
  • The overall Kerr Street Underpass Project construction will commence in 2020 (a three-year project)

Preferred streetscape elements

Of the three options, selected bench "option a" received 51% of votes

Of the three options, selected bench "option a" received 51% of votes

Of the three options, selected bike ring "option b" received 64% of votes

Of the three options, selected bike ring "option b" received 64% of votes

Of the three options, selected litter bin "option b" received 40% of votes

Of the three options, selected litter bin "option b" received 40% of votes

Of the three options, selected bollard "option a and b" both received received 40% of votes

Of the three options, selected bollard "option a and b" both received received 40% of votes

Of the three options, selected luminaire "option c" received 45% of votes

Of the three options, selected luminaire "option c" received 45% of votes

Of the three options, selected base "option c" received 47% of votes

Of the three options, selected base "option c" received 47% of votes

Of the three options, selected railing "option c" received 59% of votes

Of the three options, selected railing "option c" received 59% of votes

Of the three options, selected pavers "option b" received 45% of votes

Of the three options, selected pavers "option b" received 45% of votes

Of the three options, selected wall texture "randomized" received 50% of votes

Of the three options, selected wall texture "randomized" received 50% of votes

Construction and design

The Kerr Street Underpass Project is a critical part of the town's Transportation Master Plan and will include:

  • building a new underpass at Kerr St. and the Metrolinx railway;
  • widening Kerr Street from Speers Road to just north of the QEW to allow for two northbound and two southbound lanes, including dual southbound left turn lanes and a right turn lane at Speers Road; northbound and southbound left turn lanes at Shepherd Road, and a northbound left turn lane at the intersection with Wyecroft Road
  • shifting the road alignment westerly to keep the underpass as far away from the Sixteen Mile Creek top of bank

The new underpass will also allow Metrolinx to deliver increased GO service levels on the Lakeshore West line using electric trains.

Update

On May 2, the Town of Oakville and Metrolinx hosted a public meeting where the community learned about the overall project details, timing and logistics. A second meeting about the overall project will be held later in 2018. Stay tuned!

In spring/summer 2018, Metrolinx will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the Kerr St. underpass along with other infrastructure required to expand GO service on the Lakeshore West line. The winning bidder will be selected in late 2018 and will be responsible for the detailed design, planning, staging and construction of the Kerr Street underpass.

Stay connected

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If you have any other questions or comments, email kerr@metrolinx.com.

Background Information - Environmental study report 2009

The town has completed a Class Environmental Assessment for Kerr Street grade separation from Speers Road to North of the QEW bridge. Review a copy of the final report for the Kerr Street Grade Separation at CNR Tracks Class Environmental Study Report (pdf)

Appendixes

Appendix A - Minutes and Correspondence (pdf)
Appendix B - Public Consultation (pdf)
Appendix C - Natural Environment Review (pdf)
Appendix D - Noise Analysis (pdf)
Appendix E - Geotechnical Report (pdf)
Appendix F - Built Heritage Review (pdf)
Appendix G - Archaeology Review (pdf)